With an entrance in Piazza Municipio and a remarkable granite portal, the building extends towards the South with four floors. Built in the 18th century, it belonged to the prominent bourgeois Caporeale family, which has now disappeared, as has happened with the de Paparo family and many others.
For the past one hundred and fifty years, it has served as the Town Hall of Badolato. Until the mid- 1950s, it housed the district court, which was then relocated to Badolato Marina and later abolished to make way for the Justice of the Peace, which has also ceased to exist.
On the lower floors, with a separate entrance from another street, there was the Municipal Archive, which was destroyed in the early 1990s, resulting in the loss of a significant part of Badolato’s history. On the ground floor, there is the narrow new Council Chamber, located in a space that had long been the municipal slaughterhouse.
On Holy Thursday of 1944, the upper floor was hastily used as a refuge for the Archpriest of that time, who was fleeing from the nearby Mother Church, pursued threateningly by many people from the procession due to a conflict regarding its organization. The Archpriest, hidden in the Chancellor’s apartment, was saved, thanks to the darkness of the night, by the Carabinieri who arrived from Soverato Carabinieri Station. From that night onwards, the Priest never saw Badolato again.
Municipio Square (or the Most Holy Savior)
It is the most important square in the town. It may not be the largest, but it is the topographic centre of the settlement.
Facing the square is the Mother Church, central to the religious rituals of the people. Also facing the square is the Caporeale Palace, which houses the Town Hall and, in the past, also housed the district court before it was transferred to the Marina and later abolished. The Guarna Palace, with its first floor, also has one of its entrances on the square. In two separate spacious rooms at the square level, the local section of the Christian Democracy party and a Catholic Action Circle for youth were located for many years.
The landing in front of the Guarna Palace has been, as far as anyone can remember, and still is, the stage where hundreds of politicians and various speakers have succeeded each other, mainly engaged in electoral rallies.
On the wall of the church, there is a marble plaque with the names of the fallen soldiers from Badolato in the two world wars of the last century.